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Early Childhood Academy


About the Program

Ramsey County Early Childhood Academy offers a variety of new and expanded services to increase the number of quality child care programs in Ramsey County.

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Child Care Program Start-Up and Expansion

Are you thinking about starting your own childcare business?  Think Small’s Capacity Building coaches will help you from start to finish with everything you need for a top-rated program. We offer up to 20 hours of technical assistance plus other resources at absolutely no cost.

Free Online Training

Think Small Institute offers a wide range of learning opportunities which include options for both live-virtual training and self-paced eLearning.

This is an opportunity to take training hours required for licensing, Parent Aware and the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential.



Learning Communities

Learn about starting a childcare business alongside other passionate educators like yourself. Our Learning Community series covers a range of topics such as the licensing process, policies and procedures, compliance and reporting requirements, marketing and communications, and resource development.

Monetary Supports

In an effort to help family child care providers continue supporting families, we offer financial supports to eligible providers to spend on anything they need for their business or household.


Ramsey County Early Childhood Academy is a part of the Ramsey County Investment and Support Efforts program, funded through the American Rescue Plan Act.